Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

17-2171 Petroleum Engineers

Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,780 5.0 % $70.69 $147,030 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $35.10 $46.84 $61.65 $86.27 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $73,000 $97,430 $128,230 $179,450 (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 12,090 6.66 $72.90 $151,630
Support Activities for Mining 4,870 1.74 $60.37 $125,570
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,580 0.20 $82.69 $172,000
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,360 3.01 $66.35 $138,010
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,940 0.14 $74.39 $154,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 780 7.25 $64.31 $133,760
Oil and Gas Extraction 12,090 6.66 $72.90 $151,630
Other Pipeline Transportation 460 5.58 $56.44 $117,390
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,360 3.01 $66.35 $138,010
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 750 2.52 $69.30 $144,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities 80 0.02 $87.12 $181,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 690 0.10 $84.63 $176,040
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,580 0.20 $82.69 $172,000
Nonresidential Building Construction 130 0.02 $79.39 $165,130
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 150 0.07 $74.80 $155,580


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 17,780 1.51 6.48 $76.17 $158,430
Oklahoma 2,830 1.78 7.64 $60.87 $126,620
California 2,310 0.14 0.62 $63.46 $131,990
Louisiana 1,880 0.98 4.19 $71.22 $148,130
Colorado 1,680 0.67 2.87 $77.50 $161,200




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 790 2.45 10.49 $71.12 $147,930
Wyoming 540 1.97 8.42 $58.49 $121,660
Oklahoma 2,830 1.78 7.64 $60.87 $126,620
Texas 17,780 1.51 6.48 $76.17 $158,430
Louisiana 1,880 0.98 4.19 $71.22 $148,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 1,680 0.67 2.87 $77.50 $161,200
Texas 17,780 1.51 6.48 $76.17 $158,430
Louisiana 1,880 0.98 4.19 $71.22 $148,130
Alaska 790 2.45 10.49 $71.12 $147,930
Washington 160 0.05 0.23 $69.15 $143,840





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,880 3.71 15.88 $79.74 $165,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,720 0.71 3.03 $81.56 $169,640
Midland, TX 1,310 15.16 64.94 $68.56 $142,610
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,190 0.84 3.61 $82.41 $171,420
Oklahoma City, OK 1,110 1.83 7.83 $55.12 $114,650
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,090 1.95 8.36 $71.52 $148,750
Bakersfield, CA 950 3.22 13.79 $65.92 $137,120
Tulsa, OK 750 1.72 7.39 $68.05 $141,540
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 660 0.67 2.88 $72.51 $150,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.13 0.54 $66.50 $138,330




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 1,310 15.16 64.94 $68.56 $142,610
Casper, WY 190 4.68 20.05 $49.99 $103,970
Odessa, TX 250 3.75 16.04 $65.11 $135,420
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,880 3.71 15.88 $79.74 $165,850
Bakersfield, CA 950 3.22 13.79 $65.92 $137,120
Anchorage, AK 450 2.57 11.01 $76.77 $159,680
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 350 2.33 9.96 $56.30 $117,110
San Angelo, TX 100 2.18 9.36 $50.69 $105,430
Lafayette, LA 440 2.14 9.17 $77.87 $161,970
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,090 1.95 8.36 $71.52 $148,750




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,190 0.84 3.61 $82.41 $171,420
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,720 0.71 3.03 $81.56 $169,640
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,880 3.71 15.88 $79.74 $165,850
Lafayette, LA 440 2.14 9.17 $77.87 $161,970
Greeley, CO 110 1.17 4.99 $76.86 $159,870
Anchorage, AK 450 2.57 11.01 $76.77 $159,680
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 210 1.29 5.50 $72.88 $151,600
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 660 0.67 2.88 $72.51 $150,820
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,090 1.95 8.36 $71.52 $148,750
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 40 0.21 0.91 $70.99 $147,670

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 390 2.01 8.61 $63.26 $131,580
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 320 2.64 11.31 $68.83 $143,170
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 280 4.45 19.05 $54.39 $113,140
North Texas nonmetropolitan area 280 1.04 4.47 (8) (8)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.30 14.14 $63.78 $132,660

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 280 4.45 19.05 $54.39 $113,140
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 210 3.52 15.08 (8) (8)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.30 14.14 $63.78 $132,660
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 320 2.64 11.31 $68.83 $143,170
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.52 10.77 $60.57 $125,980

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 1.58 $76.04 $158,160
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 320 2.64 11.31 $68.83 $143,170
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.25 5.33 $67.47 $140,340
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $63.93 $132,980
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.30 14.14 $63.78 $132,660


About May 2016 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017